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Camp NaNo Day 3

Okay so I missed day 2. But that was due to some depression that keeps to want to keep me down. It won’t yesterday. But today I seem to be able to function on some level in order to be able to work on my story and to type a short blog post.

Are any of you suffering from mental illness that makes it hard for you to focus or to even care about your writing, yet in your heart you know you want to keep writing? That is what keeps me going. Knowing that in my heart I love to write and that I feel better doing it.

Do you feel better after you’ve written a poem, short story, or novel? Or haven just written anything? I often wonder why this is but I figure it’s because it’s a passion and gift that God has given us so to use it, of course it would feel good. But that’s just my opinion. I’m sure you have your own.

So how far are you on day 3. I’m almost to 2000 words and I would have beat that if I had written yesterday. But I’m going to write as much as I can today. I’m cleaning 3 rooms and washing the bedding and in some cases toys for those rooms and then putting them back together. So I have been up and down and not getting the time I wished for. However, I have been ale to make some decent progress today regardless of the chores I’ve had to do.

But I must go for now to finish up the laundry and feed my son who just informed me he was hungry.

So all my fellow Campers I wish you the best of luck meeting your word count at the end of the month.

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Camp NaNo Is Here!

Good morning, Troopers! How are we all doing this morning? I pray you are well and ready for a day of intense writing. Well, okay it doesn’t have to be as tense as November’s NaNo but we still have some healthy competition with Camp NaNo.

I just started writing and I only have 300 words down when I realized I had forgotten some important information in my outline which I really need and would sound right if I didn’t add them in. So I figured I’d add the information in now less I forget about it later.

Do you do that if you forgot to add something in your outline, are you prone to fixing it right away or do you wait until after Camp is over?

So I have chosen a word count of 20,000 though I’m not sure I’ll reach that many words since I am only doing Camp to finish up a previous book of 50,000 words. So we’ll see how many words I’ll get. What word count have you chosen this time around? Feel free to leave your answers in the comments.

Well, I can’t be staying on the blog long if I’m going to be getting anything done. Best of luck to all you Lords and Ladies. Wish me luck!

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Camp NaNo Eve

It is 6:50AM Eastern time on Camp NaNo Eve! That’s right everyone I said it. Camp NaNo Eve ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh! Ech em. Sorry about that. A little excited!

No seriously thouhg, are you ready either your next novel or work more on your current one? Are you going to plan out your novel like James Patterson does and like I learned to do, or are you going to be a pantser? Which way works for you?

I have to tell you the truth. I wasn’t always someone who planned out their stories. I started out that way and found it a huge help but when my kids and married life came along time was short so I just didn’t off the seat of my pants, but I had a much harder time with my novels. So after taking James Patterson’s Masterclass he highly stresses to plan out your novels and to write an outline. I was like, “Okay. I”ll give it a try. I know outlining isn’t for everyone.” So I gave it a try and found outlining pretty easy to do and that it made things so much easiwer for me. So we’ll see how I do with this next month’s nano having an outline. I’m looking forward to it. Are you?

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Doing Well on the Writing Wave

Lately I have been doing well with writing and outline my next book, but not so good with keeping up with my posts for my blog.

I have about 50,000 words on my story Facade but it’s not finished yet, I have the rest of the story outlined and Camp NaNo is coming up in just a few days so I hope to finish the story then. I have no idea how long it will be but I’m curious to find out.

The main character is Wesley who is based off of Elvis Presley. His brother Keith is the older brother who in Elvis’ live did not survive. But the twin brother did survive in my story. Wesley could sing and Keith could not so there was a lot of jealousy in the book. Even though Keith discovered his drawing ability it was not enough for him and he’s so enraged he almost kills his brother. And that is about as far as I’m letting on. lol I don’t want to reveal too much.

That book is called Facade and my next book is called The Forgiving which is turning out to be a Christian fiction book so far. I hadn’t much in my story until I used Rory’s story cubes the original box and the actions box. I now have other ideas and actions to work with.

And I think you may have all heard about James Patterson’s Masterclass well I took that and I have been inspired to change some of my ways. Like go commercial publishing instead of self publishing. So once I have Facade written and edited a couple of times, I’m going to seek a literary agent. Yeah sure I may get rejected several times like 30 or so, but that’s okay. Because other writers have done it before me and made it. I believe I can do it too.

So Camp NaNo here I come and here’s hoping to finish my first fictional story!

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Camp NaNo Day 17

It’s 2:46AM Eastern Time and I am making headway on my second book, which I am not sure of a title yet. But it’s about my mental health journey. I slept most of Saturday due to med changes but it helped with my creative energy and I’ve been working for almost two hours straight on my writing and making some great progress. It is the 17th day of Camp this time around and I think I may finish the first draft of this book this month. I’m super excited! So far this book is titled God Never Forgets.

I have my first book out in paperback and kindle and will work on getting that into other formats in the near future. If you’re interested in that book it is titled Reflections of the Heart and you can order it here.

How are you doing this time around? Making any headway? Having any setbacks? I’d love to hear how you are all doing on your writing project.  Feel free to chat with me in the comments section or send me an email at jisoucie@hotmail.com.

Happy writing!

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CampNaNo Day 19!

It’s early in the morning. The sun is coming up brightening the sky. My one-year-old son is watching Goldie and Bear on the Disney Jr. Channel, hubby is making breakfast before he goes to work. And my daughter is home from school this week due to vacation. She’s still snoozing away with her radio turned to KLOVE. She listens to it every night.

My dogs are lying next to me on the couch as I sit comfortably writing this blog post. I’m contemplating the events over the weekend where I passed out at the wheel. Thankfully, my hubby was able to stop the car before a major accident happened. All I can say is I’m thankful everything turned out alright and that I’m doing okay.

And I’m back here working on my novel. The inner critic is butting it’s head in and I’m trying not to go back and edit my story yet. Really need to just get it down first. But  should start with rereading what I’ve written to get back into the groove of things.

How are you doing so far? I’ve got about 19,677 words…and counting. Have you run into any roadblocks on your journey? If you have, what have you done to get past them? I’d love to hear your stories. Please feel free to leave comments or send an email to jisoucie@hotmail.com.

Happy Writing! 🙂

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Camp NaNo Day 6

Day 6 is upon us and I admit I have had a slow start. The pain and fatigue of fibromyalgia have slowed me down for the past few weeks. Usually I can work through them, but during a flare it’s all I can do to function.

So I am working on my second book, God Never Forgets, which is about my journey with mental illness and how God has been helping me through it. I have chapter one finished and I’m currently working on chapter two which will be done soon.

So where are you on your novel? Making any great progress, or are you have a slow start like me? What kind of story are you working on this month? What motivates you to write?

I’d love to hear from you. Please leave comments below or you can email me jisoucie@hotmail.com

 

Happy writing!

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Quiet Evening

My hubby is putting our youngest to bed, and my daughter is on the couch munching on popcorn and watching Caillou. Our dogs are lying on the couch as the night slowly drifts on.

Early this morning, and I do mean early as my son decided to get up at 1AM not go back to sleep until about 4AM. I had some time to work on preparing my novel for Camp NaNo. I’m going through an old manuscript and tossing out most of it. I’ve labeled my chapters and now working on a document that gives me a summary of what I want each chapter to be about. It’s just so confusing taking snippets here and there that will still work in the book, but tossing the rest. So now it’s like putting a jigsaw puzzle together though many of the pieces haven’t been written yet.

I have so many ideas and they sometimes render me immobile. I’m sure I’m not the only writer to experience that. If it’s not writer’s block it’s having too many ideas at once.

So tonight, I am going to try and make some progress on the chapter summaries.

Where are you on your Camp NaNo prep? Or are you preparing? Are you going to be a pantser?

Camp NaNo starts in just 9 days! Are you ready?

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CampNaNo April 2017

It’s that time of year again! Camp NaNo Wri Mo is coming near. Just a couple of weeks away. I have decided to write Secret Anguish: My Journey with PTSD. In the novel I will share my story of how I came to have PTSD as well as the symptoms and trying times I had to live through before I even knew I had PTSD. From then on it was medication trial after medication trial, and switching from one therapist to another, but that was not all that helped me get through the storm.

The main factor in my recovery is my faith. Without God I could not have done it. I have learned so much through having PTSD and God has not only healed me but healed my Dad who was the root cause of the PTSD. We have a better relationship now than we have ever had. And this is after a PTSD teacher mentioned in a class that you can’t reconcile with one who has caused PTSD. I beg to differ since that is exactly what happened. When she said those words, I was thinking, “God can make it happen if He wish. It’s nothing short of Him.” And it wasn’t.

So anyway, that is what I am brainstorming on.

Are you participating in Camp this year? What kind of story are you working on? Are  you going to plan things out or are you going to be a pantser?

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Quiet Solitude

It’s after 10PM and everyone is in bed asleep. Even the dogs. I should be. Having a newborn I should be sleep when he sleeps but it’s so hard when the writing bug has come and won’t leave! Not that I want it to, mind you. I have one project in the works right now and thinking about another one I am planning to write for Camp NaNo in April. I know you’re probably thinking I’m crazy even thinking about doing this with a baby. And no I’m not one of those that does fine on little sleep. I do best on 9. But I am finding that even a little bit of writing, helps me cope with the stresses of everyday life. Plus, it’s fun and I enjoy it. With only 500 words as my word count goal, I think I should be able to reach that each day. We’ll find out!

I’ll be writing a short story this time around. Fantasy like. 

How many of you will be writing this April?

Will you be writing fiction, nonfiction, novel, or short story?

I would love to hear from so feel free to leave me a note in the comments.
Bye for now!